The Chesterton Fire
Department has been green-lighted to negotiate a new contract with Superior
Ambulance to provide dedicated advanced life support EMS services to the
At its meeting
Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to authorize Fire Chief
John Jarka to enter negotiations with Superior.
three-year contract with the town expired in May 2016 but was extended at
the time for an additional year.
Under the terms of
the original contract, the privately owned Superior provides EMS services to
Chesterton residents at no public cost. The agreement requires Superior to
operate an ALS ambulance, manned by a certified two-person crew, from the
CFD station house 24/7/365; to transport patients to the hospital of their
choice; to accept Medicaid and Medicare on all claims for covered services;
and to bill third-party payers at its usual and customary rates.
The contract also
specifies that, in the event of Superior’s recovering annual gross receipts
over a certain amount, it will split the surplus 50/50 with the town, “up to
an amount equal to the percentage of the town’s budgeted expenses
attributable to EMS.”
In point of fact,
Jarka told the council last year, at the time of the contract’s extension,
the town has not recouped any of its costs associated with EMS assists, as
Superior has never hit the gross-receipts threshold. But Jarka believes that
Chesterton residents benefit from having a dedicated ALS ambulance and crew
always stationed at the CFD.
Town Attorney Chuck
Lukmann did note, in May 2016, that the threshold may need to revised before
the contract is re-upped for any significant period of time. “I’m of the
opinion that the numbers were originally unrealistic,” he said at the time.
Township Fire Protection Services
In other business,
members voted unanimously to renew its contract with Westchester Township
for the provision of fire protection services to designated portions of
unincorporated Westchester Township.
contract, Westchester Township will pay the town $39,341 this year for fire
protection--a 5-percent increase over the 2016 amount--in two installments.
Scheduled on Vacation
voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at their May 8 meeting on the
petition of Deer Run Apartments LLC--the owner of the apartment complex at
111 W. Taylor Street--for the vacation of a public right-of-way.
representing Deer Run, told the council that his company was under the
impression that a stretch of West Taylor Street--which dead-ends to the west
at a heavily wooded area--had already been vacated. In any case, his company
has been maintaining that public right-of-way since 1994 and apartment
residents use it for parking.
the matter to department heads for review.